The Fark Dissertation
In the past, computers, the Internet and Internet communities have often been disregarded as pointless and antisocial; that is, people who enthusiastically participate in online activities are socially inept, strange and unable to socialize "normally".
Producer Kelly KeeganAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
More recently, there has arisen a division among the "nerds of the nerds" - those who interact significantly online. There are Internet communities which are "worthwhile" and those which are effectively trash. However, there is just as much learning and authentic social interaction going on in these "bad" sites as there is on "good" ones. This research examines Fark as a space where users are able to construct communities of practice (Wenger, 1998), and where they may participate in the site and the Internet in general, thereby engaging and enacting in completely valid socialization online. Fark is examined as a community which demonstrates how people from different areas and backgrounds can form a cohesive online community.
Kelly Keegan is an assistant professor of education at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She is also a TotalFarker. One of these things gets her way more respect than the other. See if you can guess which one! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.